A Running Start to 2018

Thanks to a number of health related issues, the beginning of the 2018 year have been less than ideal. It’s been a long, painful month. Being me, I tried to find the positives to the challenges of January and realized that I now had a lot of practice with self care. Taking better care of myself is something that I’ve been working on and January forced me to be better at it.

 

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Goals

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’m not one that’s big on “New Year Resolutions”. At. All.

Why? Why wait to start something until January 1st? Why not start your goals NOW? But you know what I realized? That I have a thing or two that I would like to achieve this year. I’ve been working on these goals, and with it being 2018, what better time to share them than now?

  1. Regular and more frequent posts.

Posting on more of a schedule and with more frequency is something I have been working towards. Yes, life is busy, but isn’t that just more fuel for this fire? I’d like to think so!

  1. Work with my Dremel.

I used to have my Dremel out all. the. time. But take a wild guess what tool is near impossible to use when you suffer from chronic migraines… Ugh, too many migraine flare-ups have caused me to put one of my favorite tools away for too long.

  1. Drink more water.

We all know that it’s good for us. Yet, somehow… I just can’t do right by my body when it comes to my water intake. Hold me to it 2018!

  1. Display more art.

Simple. So simple! But do I do it? No. And who know why? Couldn’t possibly be because I’m forgetful, or want to find that “perfect place”, or that I have kids who like to mess with things once I hang them up. Nope, that couldn’t be it.

Gifting Subscriptions


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I may financially benefit if you choose to make a purchase from the companies/links provided (at no additional cost to you).

Still have someone on your list in need of a gift? A subscription box may be just the thing! There are SO many options, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Many companies even have the option of purchasing a subscription of 3, 6, or 12 months, so there isn’t any long term commitment if you’re not entirely sure the gift recipient would enjoy a year’s worth of it.

Let’s begin!


For the Grill Master:

BBQ Box: $24.99

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months

What You Get: One Sauce or Marinade, One Rub or Spice, One Sample Package of Premium Wood Chips, and One Snack, along with a custom recipe to go along with that month’s BBQ Box

Grill Masters Club: $32.95 boxbbq

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months

What You Get:  4-5 products including marinades, rubs, sauces, and recipes, along with possible mystery items, each month.


For the Young Scientist:

Sprangler Science Club: $9.99

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Subscription Choices:  Month to Month choice of STEMsnack, STEMlab, or STEMdeluxe.

What You Get:  STEMsnack offers 1 STEM experience per month at the $9.99 (+s&h) price. STEMlab offers up to 5 STEM experiences per month at $19.99 with FREE shipping. STEMdeluxe offers up to 20 STEM experiences per month at $29.99 with FREE shipping.

Even if you choose forgo the subscription, Steve Sprangler Science has some amazing gifts for the budding scientist in your life!


For Your Furry Friends:

KitNipBox: $19.99

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month

What You Get: At $19.99 you’ll receive the Happy Cat KitNipBox with 5 goodies for your cat. The Multi-Cat KitNipBox will bring 7 goodies to your door for $29.99 each month.

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PupJoy: $29.00

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, 12 Months

What You Get:  4-5 items with your choice of Treats Only, Toys Only, or Both in each box. With Treats, you can choose All Natural, Grain Free, Organic, or Protein Sensitive. With Toys, your choices are Variety, Plush, or the PowerChewer Box. Or go for the Grande Box for 5-7 items each month. You also let them know what size your dog is, so you’re always sure to get appropriately sized products.

Receive 10% FOR LIFE when you order before December 31, 2017 with discount code: 4EVERJOY at PupJoy.com

 

 


For Sweet Tooth:

Candy Club: $29.99 (+$8.99 shipping)

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 6 Months, 12 Months

What You Get: Three different featured candies along with an assortment of wrapped candies. Also offered if the option to upgrade your box to include up to SIX different featured candies.

 

Buy 3 Get 3: Use code “B3G3” at CandyClub.com! (exp. Jan. 30, 2018)


For the Beauty Buff:

Julep Beauty Box: $24.99

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 3 Months, 6 Months,

What You Get: Select between receiving a mixture of makeup and nail polish, makeup only, or nail polish only. You’ll be receiving over $40 of products each month with the ability to preview and change something you don’t like. Another neat perk is being able to send that month’s box straight to a friend!


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For the Explorer:

The Nomadik: $32.95

Subscription Choices:  Month to Month, 6 Months, 12 Months,

What You Get: 3-5 products worth up to $50. Ranging from snacks, lighting, first-aid, tools, and more, you never know what fun is in store with Nomadik.

Use code HOLIDAY2017 for their exclusive Holiday Box + 10%. (Exp. Dec 31, 2017)
Use code SNOWFLAKE for 10%. (Exp. Jan 31, 2018)


 

 

Do you currently subscribe to these or any other subscription boxes? What are some of your favorites?

 

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12 Days of (DIY) Christmas – Day 12


Jars of Candy


Total Cost = $3


 

You’ll Need:

Jar with lid

Candy

 

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  ·  Infarrantly Creative  ·  I Heart Naptime  ·  Happy Go Lucky  ·


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Embellished Cookies


Total Cost = $6


 

You’ll Need:

Sandwich Cookies

Sprinkles

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  ·  Check out So Creative Things for more Oreo game changers!  ·


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Beaded Key Chains


Total Cost = $6


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  ·  The Sweetest Occasion  ·   My Fair Olinda  ·


Items Needed:

Wood Beads
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Stamped Scarves


Stamped Scarves

  ·  brit.co  ·  Green Owl Crafts  ·  Felicette  ·


 

Items Needed:

Solid Colored Scarf
Stamp
Fabric Ink or Paint

 

Another project where you need to make sure you leave enough time for everything to dry. Be sure to follow all directions on the ink/paint packaging, but other than that, this is one of the easier DIYs on our list.


 

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Jewelry Dish


Total Cost = $5-$10


 

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By using an air-dry or polymer clay, you can make a stunning catch-all dish. Another gift that can be customized to fit any style and decor. Whether for keys, jewelry, or change, this DIY is practical and beautiful.

 

 

 

 


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Wire Birds Nest Jewelry


Total Cost = $7


 

Jewelry wire, beads, and some pliers. The beads don’t even have to match. Seriously, that’s all you need.

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Personally, I’d go for a “messy” nest look, as it hides minor mistakes. Personalizing this is easy, too! Change the number of “eggs”. Use a favorite color for the beads, or even the wire. Use birthstone colors for each egg.

If you’re making a necklace, don’t forget the chain or cord. Make a set with a ring or earrings. Use smaller gauged wire and smaller beads for a different look. Whatever you choose, don’t give up after a failed attempt or two. These birds nests are well worth it!


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Tea Christmas Trees


Total Cost = $5


 

If you have a box of tea bags, a foam cone, and a glue gun, then you have everything needed to make this adorably useful gift!

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·  Thirsty For Tea  ·  I Choose Me  ·


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